|Brand Name||Axpertec Inc|
|Item model number||NH-L12|
|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5.9 x 2.6 x 5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||5.9 x 2.6 x 5.04 inches|
Noctua NH-L12 Low-profile Quiet CPU Cooler with 120/90mm Dual PWM Fan
|Price:||$59.75 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- The NH-L12 can be used with the NF-B9 92mm fan only in order to reduce the overall height to 66mm. This way, the cooler is suitable for many typical µATX or Mini-ITX enclosures and ideal for whisper-quiet HTPC systems.
- PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptors. The NH-L12's NF-F12 and NF-B9 fans support PWM for convenient automatic speed control. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced to 1200/1300rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors for even quieter operation.
- Noctua's enthusiast grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting provides broad socket compatibility (LGA 2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1) and meets the highest demands in safety, performance and ease-of-use.
- Some Intel based Mini-ITX main boards don't allow for the installation of backplates. The NH-L12 thus comes with an extra set of Intel mounting bolts which make it possible to install the cooler without using the SecuFirm2 backplate.
- Fan Size: Noctua NF-F12 PWM & NF-B9 PWM. Compatibility: Intel LGA 2011, LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA775, AMD, AMD2 AM2+, AM3, AM 3+, FM 1 (Backplate required). Bearing: SSO-Bearing (Self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing). RPM +/- 10%: 1500/1600 RPM (Max), 1200/1300 RPM(w/L.N.A).
- Min Rotation Speed (PWM): 300/300RPM. Air Flow: 93.4/64.3m³/h (Max), 74.3/52.6 m³/h (w/L.N.A.), 63.4m³/h (W/U.L.N.A). Acoustical Noise: 22.4/17.6 dB(A) (Max), 18.6/13.1dB(A)(w/L.N.A ). Input Power: 0.6/0.96W.Voltage Range : 12V.MTBF > 150,000h.
- Material: Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Alum.(cooling Fins), Soldered Joints, Nickel Plated. Dimension : 5.04-Inchx5.9-Inchx 2.6-Inch (Without Fan), 5.04-Inchx5.9-Inchx 3.66-Inch (With Fan). Weight: 1.0 Lbs (Without Fan), 1.5 Lbs (With Fan)
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I found the cooler to be very efficient keeping my CPU (Corei7 2600k) Cool and doing it in a quiet manner that I can appreciate and I think you will to.
Some people, like myself, might have issues getting this cooler installed in their system due to the low height and the overall width of it. Due to the integrated heatsinks on my motherboard (Asus P8z68-v Pro/Gen3) I found I could only install it one way and it was a tight fit.
There's also a slight concern regarding ram as with the NH-L12 installed you won't be able to use memory that features large heatspreaders. I'm not sure that's much of a concern though as that type of ram is more made for overclocking and this cooler is not made for that type of system.
+Decent cooling ability
+Fairly easy installation
+Should fit in most any case
+Works great with one or two fans
+Works with 120mm or 92mm fans
+Can be used with lower 92mm fan only to make cooler lower in height where space is an issue
-Can't use large style ram
-Might not fit motherboards with built-in chipset coolers
-Cooler orientation can be limited by motherboard layout
This heatsink fits (in two fan mode) within that clearance, with about 4-5mm to spare. This minimal clearance will require you to have a power supply with a large enough fan on the bottom to provide adequate airflow to the processor fan. This is not optimal if your PSU generates a lot of heat. I would highly recommend a very efficient PSU to accommodate this.
EDIT:: Wanted to add, this requires reversing your PSU fans as well. Even with them pulling opposite direction though, the performance was not bad at all.
Case: Thermaltake Armor A30
PSU: Corsair HX750W
GPU: MSI GTX580 Lightning
CPU: Intel i7-2600K
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA1155 Z68 ROG
HDD: Adata S511 120GB SSD
Optical: Sony BWU-500S BD Burner
Mounted in setup #1, left to right, with heatpipes on the left(while facing the front of the case) drawing the heat away from my GPU backplate.
Using provided Noctua Thermal Compound using 5 dot method.
Not using provided low noise cables.
If you want scientific results, there are a dozen reviews up on websites across the net.Read more ›
Case: Thermaltake LANBOX VF1000SWA
PSU: Seasonic SS-460FL
GPU: PowerColor AX6870 2GBD5-6DG Eyefinity 6 Edition
CPU: LGA775 Intel Core 2 Q9650 (w/ Speedstep enabled)
RAM: G.Skill DDR2 8GB (4x 2GB)
Motherboard: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI
HDD: 3.5" SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB
-Both fans mounted (120mm Top, 92mm Bottom)
-Did not use the included Low Noise Adapters
-Orientation: Heatpipes pointing towards the rear (near the rear case fans). Since the case is not standing vertically I think this orientation is ok. **This orientation is not recommended for cases that are stood vertically by Noctua**
2x Rear 60mm Vantec SF6025L (Using a resistor cable 3-pin to drop it from 12V down to 5-7v for low noise)
1x Front 92mm Scythe DFS922512M (Using a resistor cable 3-pin to drop it from 12V down to 5-7v for low noise)
- Removed the HDD cage (for improved airflow from the front of the case)
- No internal CD-Rom, use External
Results: I used OCCT (v4.2 as of this review) to perform the CPU test (about 5-6 hours on CPU:OCCT). On idle/non CPU instensive task this setup hovers at 47C, during the CPU test temps did not go past 67C. This is with both fans mounted (92mm Height) with just a slight small clearance right below the PSU for this case. The loudest component in this setup is from the videocard stock heatsink fan. I highly recommend this Heatsink for the Low Profile setups.
- Clear Instructions, a separate foldout instructions is included for the supported Sockets (Intel LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA115x, LGA775) (AMD (backplate required) AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1)
- High Quality TIM provided
- Low Noise Adapters included
- Removable Top fan to reduce the profile of the heatsink to 66mm (Single Fan Mode) (92mm w/ Top fan)
- Finished fins (so you don't cut yourself easily)
- Can't think of any.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Replaced my H105 Corsair water cooler with this air cooler. I made the change because my only intake fans were on my radiator so it blew hot air into my case making my mobo and... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Justin
Doesn't work too well with my 6700k when it overclocked to 4.6Ghz. Reaching 73c, Never tried putting a graphics card with this cooler, but I doubt the graphics card will fit when... Read morePublished 1 month ago by agnes
I ordered this fan for a HTPC case.SilverStone Technology Grandia Series Aluminum HTPC Computer Case for ATX / SSI-CEB, Black (GD09B) . The fan fits really well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathan Shanks
I had a bit of an unorthodox install with this little guy. This is more the fault of my motherboard, (an old MSI 970), but I had to install it facing front to back in my case,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jaa
Fits perfectly in my Silverstone HTPC case. I removed the top fan for noise purposes and it keeps my i5 2400 cool.Published 2 months ago by LeRoy
This one is perfect with the Cooler Master Elite 110. You can use the included 120mm fan as the main intake of the case. The single 80mm fan is more than enough to keep an i5 cool.Published 2 months ago by Ultracer